Mentoring is like driving: there are 'rules of the road' that help set expectations
As a first grade teacher of 40 years, my Mom mentored new teachers on several occasions. In my recent interview with her, there were three core 'rules of the road' that can help set expectations between a mentor and mentee:
1. Anticipate other drivers (GUIDANCE)
2. There's two way traffic (EXCHANGE)
3. Follow the speed limit (RESPONSIBILITY)
Rules of the Road:
- Anticipate other drivers - just as drivers need to be alert and anticipate the actions of other drivers on the road, mentors should be ready to anticipate the needs of their mentees. How can they help guide them with ease into a new situation, skill set or experience?
- There's two way traffic - there is a satisfying and rewarding exchange of knowledge and time between a mentor and mentee. Both people can learn, equally, from each other.
- Follow the speed limit - both people need to understand that the mentor/mentee relationship is a responsibility. The experience can make a significant impact on that person's life as well as the lives of others.